Great Tit

Scientific name: Parus major

Did you know: Great Tits are known for their intelligence and problem-solving abilities, comparable to those of chimpanzees!

What Do Great Tits Look Like? (how to identify them)

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a vibrant passerine bird from the tit family. 

Common throughout Europe and parts of Asia and North Africa, it is easily recognised by its black head and neck, contrasting white cheeks, olive upperparts, and bright yellow underparts. This species exhibits some variation among its numerous subspecies.

Differences Between Male And Female Great Tits

Male Great Tits boast a broader black stripe down their belly compared to females. Females have similar colouration but with thinner belly stripes.

Juveniles display a duller plumage with some brown on their heads and a narrower stripe on their underparts.

What Do Great Tits Eat?

In summer, their diet is predominantly insectivorous, including insects and spiders. 

In winter, they consume a broader range of food items, such as seeds, nuts, and even small hibernating bats. Great Tits are also known to visit garden feeders.

Where Do Great Tits Live? (inc. migration info)

Great Tits are primarily resident birds found in various woodlands, urban, and suburban areas. They do not typically migrate, except in extremely harsh winters. Their adaptability has allowed them to thrive in both natural and urban environments.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Great Tits)

Their calls are diverse, with up to 40 types of calls and songs. The males are more vocal, and their familiar ‘teacher-teacher’ song is a common sound in woodlands during spring.

Fun Great Tit Facts (kid friendly)

  • Great Tits can have up to 40 different types of calls and songs.
  • They are known to break the foil caps of milk bottles to get to the cream.
  • In some instances, they have been observed eating the brains of roosting bats.
  • Great Tits can adjust their blood’s heat-producing capability to stay warm in winter.
  • They are highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of habitats, including urban gardens.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Great Tit

Diet: Insects, seeds and nuts.
Bird Family: Tits
Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 24cm
Weight: 18g
Scientific Name: Parus major

The Great Tit Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December